The 2017 regular season is over, and the AFC — with New England and Pittsburgh at the top — looks about how we all thought before the season. The NFC, though? Did anybody in the preseason expect Philadelphia and Minnesota to have home-field advantage? And now each will have first-round byes to get ready for the divisional round.
From the wild-card round through Super Bowl LII — which is Sunday, Feb. 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis — ESPN.com has you covered. Check out the full playoff picture headed into next weekend’s games and more coverage on all 12 teams below.
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks confirmed to reporters on Monday that the Lions are interested in interviewing him to replace Caldwell. Detroit has also submitted a request to interview New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“His progress is going well,” he said.
Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle in Week 15 against the New England Patriots.
Before suffering the injury he became the first receiver in NFL history with five consecutive seasons with triple-digit receptions, breaking his tie with Marvin Harrison at four.
He finished the regular season with 101 catches, 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Steelers (13-3) finished the season with the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye.
The failed former Broncos head coach is still only 41, and he has certainly repaired his reputation during his second stint in New England. McDaniels interviewed in a few places last year and could be the top candidate for several teams. He has shown, though, that he won’t jump at just any opportunity. The job he has right now is likely better than a handful of potential NFL head-coaching jobs. There’s some speculation that he could come as part of a package deal with Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio for teams looking for a head coach and general manager.